Li­ons could lose mar­ket

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

There is pes­simism within the ranks of Ti­tahi Bay Li­ons, as a fi­nal de­ci­sion on who will over­see the Porirua Satur­day Mar­ket looms.

Porirua City Coun­cil gave the Li­ons un­til last Fri­day to present a pro­posal and will prob­a­bly in­form the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has run the mar­ket in the city cen­tre since 1986, of its de­ci­sion on April 3.

The three-year li­cence to run a ‘‘re­freshed’’ weekly mar­ket will be fi­nalised by the coun­cil in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

Ti­tahi Bay Li­ons pres­i­dent Chris Jones said though his or­gan­i­sa­tion had the first run at ten­der­ing, that didn’t mean the Li­ons were fron­trun­ners.

‘‘It’s a bit mean­ing­less, as we’re sure other groups will ten­der as well. But we’re go­ing through the process now, hav­ing dis­cus­sions about it,’’ he said.

Jones said he would prob­a­bly ask for some com­pro­mises in the pro­posal he had in front of him, be­cause he feels too much of it came across as ‘‘mas­ter and slave’’.

‘‘We want to hold a mar­ket that benefits the com­mu­nity, not Porirua City Coun­cil,’’ he said.

‘‘From what I can see at the mo­ment, it’s free labour. I don’t be­lieve the Li­ons fit in with the plan that the coun­cil has.’’

Jones said al­ter­na­tive venues for the mar­ket were still be­ing ex­plored.

The coun­cil has also said there may be dis­rup­tion to the mar­ket, as the Cob­ham Court re­vamp takes place.

In the coun­cil’s fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ing last Thurs­day, it was noted that part of the $73,000 short­fall in the eco­nomic devel­op­ment bud­get was be­cause in­come for the mar­ket was lower than fore­cast.

Watch­ful eye: Po­lice vol­un­teers Dick Forbes, clos­est to cam­era, and John Hol­lick, mon­i­tor the cam­eras.

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